Sonia’s Story – 10 Things I Never Knew About Pregnancy!

10 Things I Never Knew About Pregnancy!

Food Aversions…

Sure we’ve all heard of cravings but I honestly didn’t know that I would completely go off things I have loved all my life. Take chocolate, I’m a self-confessed chocoholic. I’ve been eating chocolate since my Daddy weaned me on to Fry’s Cream Bars. From about two weeks into my pregnancy, obviously before I knew, I had completely lost the taste for chocolate.  I would ask my BH and the girls if they thought the chocolate I was eating tasted funny too. It didn’t. Hopefully the baby will thank me for this.  Also hoping my love of chocolate will return next year some time.

Food Compulsions…

Oh I knew about cravings but did I know that I would cry if I couldn’t get my hands on an avocado, almonds or, my newest food infatuation, milk? It’s beyond a craving, these are things that I need in my life, at my fingers tips, regularly.

Speaking of food (and little else of late) I need to eat…

All the time. It’s constant. I have to carry around little bits of cheese, bags of nuts and bottles of water as I dread to think about what will happen if I don’t! I’ve taken to bringing a ‘back-to-school’ style packed lunch with me to meetings and have been regularly spotted sneakily tucking into sandwiches in the TV3 make-up room.

Standing up is the new sitting down…

For me anyway. I can’t sit for more than an hour at a time without everything going to sleep. I find myself getting up to walk around the room in order to keep my circulation going.

My energy levels…

Are through the roof. Like most women, I took every chance I had to sleep during the first trimester; twenty minutes after work, in the car at the school gates, during regular cinema trips and once during dinner. However, I did not expect this burst of energy in the second trimester. I’m waking up early every day; I can’t remember what a lie in is. I want to walk everywhere and have taken up prenatal yoga, pregnancy pilates and have a new found obsession with hiking. Last weekend, I dragged my family up the Sugar Loaf.  I’m sure it won’t last but I’m hoping it will for a while yet. In the meantime, I’m pretty sure it’s my body’s way of preparing me for the many years of sleep deprivation ahead!

The importance of prenatal yoga…

If you ever want to paint your own toenails again. I’m convinced those hip openers and stretches are only there to assist me in being able to paint my toenails. It’s my own little milestone achievement, every time. Again, let’s see how long that lasts!

Being able to pop on my socks and underwear…

Oh God be with the days when I could whip out my underwear post-shower and spring into my knickers and stand on one leg while popping my socks on. Oh yes, that’s a thing of the past. Now it consists of a convoluted routine in which I prop myself on the bed to ease myself into my knickers and as for my socks, well, I guess that’s another thing the yoga is for. Regards taking off my own jeans…  Ha ha ha. If my BH isn’t home, well, I guess I’ll just sleep in them.

Pelvic Floor Exercises…

It’s a bit like backing up your hard-drive. No one ever talks about backing up your hard drive until you no longer have one. I remember a brief period in the nineties when everyone talked about ‘Kegels’ thanks to Samantha in Sex & the City, but I hadn’t thought about them in years. Now it’s all anyone can talk about. ‘Don’t forget to squeeze.’ ‘Have you squeezed today?’ ‘Keep squeezing’. When did this become part of my daily lingo?  I am not okay with this.

My belly button…

I have no idea what’s going on down there. Sure I’ve heard about belly buttons popping out and I won’t lie, it was the one thing that freaked me out from the start. I just didn’t know I would find out brand new things about my body… I have a teeny, tiny mole in my naval. Who knew? Who wanted to know? Not me, for sure. It’s the weirdest thing. Sometimes it’s out and sometimes it’s in again, it’s always a bit sensitive and to be honest, it is totally weirding me out.

The reaction of Toby Harris-Pope…

Well Toby (our dog) was absolutely the first ‘person’ to know about my pregnancy. He started curling around me in a different way. He loved the new heat from my belly and has been the ideal pregnancy pillow and hot water bottle to boot. He has also taken to sitting on my bump. Front paws on my knee, bum on my bump. He loves it. He doesn’t seem to mind the movement and the odd nudge as yet but he certainly feels a sense of pride when he’s perched aloft my ever-expanding belly.

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Sonia Harris is MD of Harris PR and has been working with Mothercare for over 10 years. She lives in Dublin with her better half, his two little girls and their dog. Sonia is pregnant with her first child and is due Christmas Day. Sure what else would you be doing then?!

 

 

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